Modern Life is Rubbist

Allan Balisi, Costantino Zicarelli, Tatong Torres

March 30 - April 24, 2010

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Artists Allan Balisi, Costantino Zicarelli, and Tatong Recheta Torres challenge each one’s creativity as they play the surrealist game, “exquisite corpse,” in Modern Life is Rubbish, their latest collaborative exhibit together at West Gallery. The game calls for each collaborator to add words or images to the composition in sequence without looking at each other’s images. “We used elements and themes that we worked on in our previous solo and group shows,” says Zicarelli. “We wanted to do something different, and didn’t want to do a usual three-person group show. We wanted our ideas to explore [similar] paths, just to see how far they would go.”

“It was our first time to do something like this, so it really felt different,” adds Zicarelli. “We had to draw or paint blindly. We didn’t have any idea as to how the finished work would look like. That’s why we gave it the title, Modern Life is Rubbish. It had sort of this yin-yang element to it. Just like our drawings, we had some bad ones and really good ones, but we all trashed them in one paper.”